Member of Parliament (MP) from Lhamoizingkha-Tashiding, Hemant Gurung, raised two questions during the Question and Hour Session of the National Assembly (NA). He asked when a proper motorable bridge will be built in Dalbari- Karmaling Gewog, and also if a motorable bridge will be constructed over the Sunkosh river for the people of Nichula Gewog.
He said the developmental activities under Lhamoizingkha Dungkhag stated in the Five-Year Plans, have been withheld due to the Sunkosh Project for a time being.
Lhamoizingkha Tashiding MP said, “Last year, during the session, in response to my question, the Prime Minister said that the two governments (RGoB and GoI) are discussing on this matter, and the project will start within a year or two. So far, no development has been seen on the project.”
He asked the Minister of Works and Human Settlement to give the update on the discussions held between the two governments.
Further, he said that the developmental activities in three gewogs under Lhamoizingkha Dungkhag have been also delayed due to the Sunkosh Project. There are also concerns that the farmers and people in the area might have to move if the project commences.
He also asked for an update on whether the Sunkosh Project is starting soon or not.
He said there is the need of 8 various bridges between the Dalbari-Lhamoizingkha road, a stretch of more than 7 km road, MoWHS Minister responded, adding that it could not take place due to the Sunkosh Project.
However, knowing the importance of it, Lyonpo said that they are at the verge of discussing the budgeting work irrespective of when the Sunkosh Project will start, and they have paid a visit to the site many times.
Meanwhile, Lyonpo said, “A 80 km main highway road between Dagapela and Dalbari will be completed next month. Nevertheless, Nichula gewog has been cut off from rest of the country due to the pandemic, and therefore, we will soon build a motorable bridge to connect Nichula with other parts of the country.”
The House was informed that the ministry is in the process of budgetary planning, and the drawing of the bridge is being drafted.